There is nothing quite like basketball fans. The blind delusion that a team is the best thing to ever happen to a game is the cornerstone of true fandom. Any opposing team that thinks they have a shot is considered an insult. Degrading chants, offensive posters, cut outs of Prison Mike from The Office and reminding JJ Redick of the night you had with his sister are just some of the things one can expect from a typical night of basketball. Some places are harder to win a basketball game than others, but none are harder than these four.
Breslin Student Event Center (Michigan State)
There is never a second of silence in the “Izzone” or MSU student section. Rivaling the Cameron Crazies or the “ERUPPtion zone” it is one of the loudest cheering sections in all of basketball. That is, unless, they are losing at home to Indiana. While MSU is a perennial powerhouse and their stadium is rocking, I can put them in the top 4 just not number 1. Much like every finish to every season under Tom Izzo. Never too intimidating to play a team you know will not win the national championship.
Allen Fieldhouse (Kansas)
While the people of Kansas are already too unbearable to be around, they’re fans are even worse. Kansas is hard enough to beat as it is. Factor in some loud mouthed hill people and you have one of the hardest places to play in the world. Bill Self just knows how to win in front of the home crowd. Unlucky for him, he can’t play any NCAA tournament games at home.
Cameron Indoor (Duke)
Ever had a bunch of nerds yell at you? It’s pretty intimidating. Mainly because you never have any idea what magic spell they will curse you with. But nonetheless, Cameron Indoor is one of the toughest places to play basketball in the entire world. Just like Kansas, Duke is already tough to beat. Then surround yourself with certifiably insane college kids with their hands in your face and it starts to feel more like an political rally than a basketball game. But even so, it is not the hardest place to play in the world.
Red Star Belgrade (Serbia)
While all of these places are tough, there is one place that beats them all every time. That place, of course, is in Belgrade, Serbia. Home of Red Star Belgrade and the fans that have no fear in getting arrested for assault and battery. The home of throwing brick and stools at opposing players as they walk into the tunnel postgame. Watch:
Toughest place to play, hands down.